International conference pushes for more women leaders

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Women from Asia, Africa, United States, and South America met for the “Women in Public Service Project” in South Hadley.

The conference was held on the campus of Mount Holyoke College. The project’s goal is to increase women holding public office leadership roles to 50% by 2050.

Jemimah Kamau, a junior at Mt. Holyoke College told 22News she plans to take the tools she’s learning at this conference back to her home country of Kenya.

“We don’t have number of women representation in Kenya and I thought maybe starting from the grassroots, dealing with the people will help them understand who women are and what they can do and that will be helpful to put more women in leadership positions,” said Kamau.

Monday’s conference is a part of an initiative launched by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Many of the visiting delegates will be spending two weeks working with the women on several western Massachusetts college campuses, including Smith College and Simmons College.

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